July 31, 2020

This week we’re finding positivity in a wide range of areas – from the increasing numbers of endangered wildlife across parts of Asia, to new artwork installations and hiking networks unveiled in the UK.


See below for all our favourite positive news stories putting a smile on our faces this week.

A rise in the number of wild tigers on track for the Year of the Tiger


In a remarkable comeback, conservationists have reported an increase in the number of the animals in the wild across Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Russia. The good news comes a decade after the launch of an ambitious project aimed at doubling the population of the endangered species. The scheme aims to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022, the next Chinese Year of the Tiger.


McDonald’s offers books in place of toys with Happy Meals


While books in Happy Meal boxes are not a new concept – McDonald’s will now have the children’s books on offer alongside toys year-round. With book options changing throughout the year, the initiative means that millions of children around the world will now get their hands on a good read. Encouraging children to read more and get excited by the concept of a new book is never a bad thing, well done McDonald’s!


New hiking network in the UK connects 2,500 towns, cities and notable spots


With lots of people getting outside in recent months – be it walking, cycling or picnicking, many of us have discovered a new-found appreciation for the English countryside. For those of us partial to a bit of fresh air, a new hiking network called Slow Ways combines 7,000 different walking routes across the UK. Covering over 100,000 kilometres, 2,500 towns, cities and notable spots across Britain, the network aims to give older and lesser-known areas a new lease of life. If you fancy a walk, Slow Ways are currently on the hunt for volunteers to test the new intricate network.


Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth swirl of cream sculpture unveiled


Following a four-month delay due to coronavirus, the installation on the Fourth Plinth – home to a rolling commission of public artworks – has been unveiled. Passers-by will be able to use their mobile phone to live-stream what the camera-equipped drone on top of the dystopian artwork can see. The End, by British artist Heather Phillipson, will stay in place until spring 2022.


TTG launches #SaveTravel campaign


In a letter to transport secretary Grant Shapps and chancellor Rishi Sunak, TTG is demanding more support for the travel industry. The #SaveTravel campaign, led by TTG Media, is urging the government to provide direct sector specific support for the UK outbound travel industry and companies operating within it.